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Adventure in Dubai and the Maldives, a saloon tour in Breckenridge, a getaway on Catalina Island

Vaavu Atoll - Fulidhoo
Vaavu Atoll – Fulidhoo

This week’s deals include an adventure in the Maldives, a getaway on Catalina Island, and a saloon tour in Breckenridge.

Enjoy five-star opulence in the Middle East with an adventure to Dubai and the Maldives. Globotours has partnered with Livingsocial.com to offer a nine-day vacation, starting in Dubai and ending in the Maldives starting at $3,399 per person. This trip includes round-trip flights via Emirates from New York, Boston, or Seattle and Dubai, as well as the domestic flight between Dubai and the Maldives. The package also includes ground transportation to and from the hotels in Dubai and the Maldives, double occupancy for two nights in a deluxe room in the Media Rotana in Dubai and five nights in a Charm Beach villa, welcome bottle of wine, and spa treatment discounts at the Vivanta by Taj – Coral Reef in the Maldives. Seven breakfasts are included as well as a half-day Dubai City Tour and a Sunset Cruise in the Maldives. Visit Livingsocial.com by May 11 for more information and to buy your voucher. Book your vacation by May 23, 2014 for travel in 2014.

A mere two hour flight away, the Catalina Canyon Resort & Spa on Catalina Island, California is offering a double-queen room starting at $77 per night for nights into September 2014. The resort overlooks the town of Avalon, and is within walking distance. Catalina Island has many hiking and biking trails throughout the island as well as beaches and great snorkeling. The island is 23 miles southwest of Los Angeles. Take the Catalina Express from Long Beach, San Pedro, or Dana Point. Visit Groupon.com by May 14, 2014 for more information on available dates and the fine print.

A great weekend getaway, Travelzoo.com and the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance is offering the Behind Swinging Doors Saloon tour for two for $15.00. Start at the Breckenridge Welcome Center and museum, and then continue down Main Street to visit several historic saloons. End your tour at the Breckenridge Distillery sampling spirits. Visit Travelzoo.com soon to buy your voucher. Take your tour between now and June 13, 2014.

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Keystone Inn, cruises in Asia, raft the Green River in Utah

Keystone Golf
Keystone Golf

This week’s deals include cruises through Asia, a great room deal at the Keystone Inn, and a raft trip in Utah on the Green River.

Celebrity Cruises is offering a great deal on cruises in Asia. Sail for 14 nights between Singapore and Hong Kong, departing on December 7  for $1399 per person, including prepaid gratuities and $1000 credit per cabin. The credit can be used for anything on board. Cruise aboard the Celebrity Millennium stopping in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, and Hanoi. For $1499 per person, cruise round trip from Singapore over Thanksgiving, stopping in Bali, Komodo, Indonesia, Phuket, Thailand, Langkawi, Malaysia and Port Klang, Malaysia. Oceanview cabins are available for a bit more per person, and have the same prepaid gratuities and $1000 credit. Visit Travelzoo.com by April 22 for more information and to book your vacation.

Keystone Lodge and Spa/The Inn at Keystone in Keystone, Colorado is offering a great deal on rooms, with dates into December. Two people stay in the Lodge in a Double-Queen room for as little at $89 per night. The Inn at Keystone is offering an Inn Suite for as little at $99 per night for two. For families, this is a great deal since up to two children 17 and younger stay for free. The Keystone Resort offers plenty of activities to keep anyone busy including horseback riding, two fabulous golf courses, stand-up paddleboarding and paddle boats on the lake, fly fishing at nearby streams and hiking. There are plenty of restaurants on the property, as well as the great food options in nearby Dillon. Visit Groupon Getaways by April 30 for more information and to book your mountain getaway.

For the adventurous, Dinosaur River Expeditions of Vernal, Utah is offering a four-day, three night rafting trip down the Green River for $495 per person. The trip starts at the Gates of Lodore and ends at Split Mountain, tent camping for three nights along the river.  The package includes three breakfasts, four lunches, and three dinners. The experienced guides provide commentary and safe passage. The tour company provides the boats, rafting gear, group camping gear, a small dry bag and a large dry bag. Round trip ground transportation is provided from put-in to take-out. Personal sleeping gear is not included, though a sleeping kit consisting of a sleeping bag, pad, pillow and four-person tent is available for an additional $40 per person. You’ll experience some whitewater, guided hikes, and great food. At the end of the day, throw a line in the water or just kick back and enjoy the wilderness. Visit Livingsocial.com soon to buy your voucher. Valid for stays through September 6, 2014.

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Cruise in Fiji, stay on the North Shore, and enjoy luxury in Vail

Sunset at Turtle Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
Sunset at Turtle Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

This week’s deals include a small yacht vacation in Fiji, a discount at a beautiful resort on the North Shore of Oahu, and a luxury hotel in Vail, Colorado.

For a unique vacation experience, enjoy Fiji in the South Pacific. Pacific Holidays has partnered with Groupon Getaways to offer seven days and five nights from $1,999, double occupancy. Stay two nights in Viti Levu, soaking up the sun, and then cruise for three days visiting small, nearby islands. This package includes airfare from Los Angeles, meals, accommodations, and the island cruise with daily stopovers, shore excursions, and guided tours included. Also included is the use of snorkeling equipment and gym, a tropical island lovo feast and kava ceremony as well as childcare for kids ages 5-10 at select times.  There are ten options available, with departures starting in September 2014 and available through March 2015. Visit Groupon.com by April 16 for more information and to buy your voucher. Book your vacation by April 18, 2014.

A bit east of Fiji, Turtle Bay Resort on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu is offering discount rooms through December 24, 2014 starting at $599 for three nights. Turtle Bay is located on the North Shore, not far from Sunset Beach and the surfing scene. The resort has many activities available, including a beautiful golf course, horseback riding, tennis, hiking, biking, and Segway tours. Stay in the newly renovated rooms, have a cocktail by the pool, and watch the surfers battle the waves. Visit Travelzoo.com soon for more information and to buy your voucher.

For a Colorado luxury vacation, Livingsocial.com is offering a deal at the Four Seasons Resort Vail, starting at $220 per night with a two night minimum. Room rates at this high-end property typically start at $658 for a night in a Mountain View room. The Four Seasons Resort Vail is one of only a few five-star properties located in Colorado. Rooms here include stone mantle gas fireplaces, king or double beds, high-thread-count linens, limestone bathrooms with soaking tubs, glass-enclosed showers, double vanity sinks, 42-inch flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi. The resort offers a pool, spa, and incredible dining. Dates are available for this deal through mid-June 2014. Visit Livingsocial.com by April 15 for more information and to book your getaway.

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Enjoy Frisco, Colorado, a Paris foodie tour, and a getaway in Aruba

Eiffeltower3This week’s travel deals include a quaint hotel in Frisco, Colorado, a Paris Foodie tour, and hotel discounts in Aruba.

Hotel Frisco Colorado is offering discounts on room rates through the end of ski season. Frisco, Colorado is located in the heart of Summit County, within easy driving distance to Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and Vail ski areas. There are several options available, starting at $79 per night. Stay Sunday through Wednesday, paying $79 for one night, or $214 for two nights. For stays Thursday through Saturday, pay $99 per night. Combine for up to 14 nights in this quaint mountain town. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to accommodate the après ski, and shopping for those days you’re not on the slopes. This deal is available through May 31, 2014, so there is time for those who prefer to enjoy Summit County by hiking and biking to take advantage of this deal. Visit Groupon.com by March 3 for more information and to book your getaway.

Some prefer beaches to ski runs, and Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort in Oranjestad, Aruba has beautiful beaches. Stay for four nights for $578 or six nights for $865 for two adults, with kids 12 and under staying and eating free. The property includes three restaurants, a large freshwater pool, and a nine-hole golf course. The package includes breakfast each morning and access to lots of activities and tours and is valid for stays between April 22 and December 20, 2014. Maximum occupancy is four in the one-bedroom villa. Children stay free and eat free from the kids menu. Visit Livingsocial.com by March 26 for more information and to buy your voucher.

Paris, France is never a bad idea, and Travelzoo.com and go-today.com have partnered to offer a gourmand-focused, Parisian getaway. Spend six nights exploring the Paris food scene, including two, three-hour cooking classes taught in central Paris, a three-hour gourmet tour in the Latin Quarter, and stay in a centrally-located, four-star hotel, starting at $999, double occupancy. Arrival dates are available from May 1, 2014 through November 2014. Though several activities are included in the package, travelers still have plenty of time to see the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe. Visit Travelzoo.com soon for more information and to book your vacation by April 18, 2014.

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Glenwood Springs on a budget

Mount Sopris
Mount Sopris

Following the Colorado River as if flows into Glenwood Canyon, the terrain abruptly shifts from green valleys and rolling hills to severe rock walls with the thundering river below. Rafters and kayakers bob in the water, steering their craft through the boulders and white water. This is the last section of the highway before entering Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Glenwood Springs is a great getaway from the Denver area. There are plenty of low cost and no cost activities to experience in and around the town. Take the family and try some of these.

Hiking. There are many miles of hiking trails in the Roaring Fork Valley. From the paths along the river to those up Storm King Mountain, there are trails for every level of adventurer. For those who like to climb mountains, the 12.6 mile round-trip track to the top of Mt. Sopris is not a technical climb, though it is for the advanced hiker and can be done in a day. The 4-mile round-trip hike up Storm King Mountain ends at a memorial to the firefighters who died in 1994 fighting a wildfire.

Hiking trail
Hiking trail

Biking trails. Biking is a great family activity and there are trails for every skill level. For the hardcore mountain biker, there are steep, technical trails on Red Mountain. For a bit tamer ride, the Glenwood Canyon track follows the river and has stops at the rest areas along the highway including Bair Ranch, Hanging Lake, No Name, and Grizzly Creek. The Rio Grande trail connects Glenwood Springs and Aspen and follows the old railway between the two towns. For those who prefer a downhill ride, catch the RFTA Bike Express for a ride into Aspen. Then unload the bikes and ride the mostly downhill 44 miles back into Glenwood Springs. The Bike Express runs on weekend mornings from May to early September. For more visitor information about the bike trails around Glenwood Springs, check out Visitglenwood.com.

Rafting down the Colorado River
Rafting down the Colorado River

Tubing and rafting on the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers.  Tubing on the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers is a whitewater lovers dream. Put in your craft at Two Rivers Park and float down the river in the slow current. For kayakers, the town has one of the few locally supported whitewater parks. Rent tubes in town for about $16 each, bring your own boat, or take a professionally guided rafting trip with one of the many tour providers.

Fishing. For those who like to cast lines, Glenwood Springs is a great choice. With both the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers home to many different varieties of trout, it’s never a bad day to go fly fishing. The river is accessible, with many different locations where it’s possible to park and walk down to the water for wading and shore fishing. There are many different streams that feed the major rivers in the valley, including No Name Creek accessible from the exit about 1.5 miles east of Glenwood Springs. If brook trout are your quarry, try Grizzly Creek. This is also an exit off I-70 east of town. Visitors can park in the main lot and hike back to find your spot. If you prefer company, there are guides and outfitters available to rent equipment and find an out-of-the-way fishing hole.

With the rivers spilling out the canyon and the sun shining, Glenwood Springs enough activities to keep an entire family busy without breaking the bank.

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Telluride boutique hotel during ski season

The Hotel Telluride is offering rooms during ski season at a 50% discount. Stay for as little as $169 per night for two people in a King room. The hotel was voted to the Gold List of World’s Best Places to Stay by Condé Nast Traveler readers and is located in the town of Telluride. Take the gondola to the lift, or spend some time in the on-site spa. Breakfast is included in the room rate, as well as drinks and an appetizer.

These rates are valid now through May 27, depending on availability. Visit Livingsocial.com by March 23, 2014 for more information and to book your getaway.

The rainbow rocks of eastern Colorado

Pain Mines Park, El Paso County, ColoradoAn easy day hike on the eastern plains

The sun shines in Colorado almost every day, and this was no exception. The morning was clear, and watching the antelope sway across the prairie and the horseback rider move cleanly up the ridge in the distance was worth the hour in the car. I was headed to Calhan, Colorado and the PaintedMinesInterpretivePark in El PasoCounty, about an hour east of Colorado Springs and about two hours south of Denver.

Rolling into the parking lot first thing in the morning, the view included the gently sloping hills and prairie in the distance. Grabbing my hat and camera, I headed down the easy trail toward the hills. The grade started to increase as I passed a family with a small child who was chasing butterflies and watching birds. Although the bench at the top of the hill looked inviting, I kept going and around the corner and the formations came into sight. It was amazing to see the white, red, and orange badlands appear suddenly from the prairie.

Overlooking the plains.
Overlooking the plains.

Winding down the wild-flower rimmed trail, the hoodoos and spires were more intimidating as I got closer. As I made my way around the north side of the area, the trail headed up again to an overlook. In one direction, the vast prairie laid out with trails. In the other direction, the stark white formations looking like frozen, rocky, milk. The pale rocky falls fronted the colorful rock layers in the rest of the park. I made my way to the rainbows in the rock.

The clay and sandstone formations are gently formed by wind, rain and blowing sand. The gullies and caves that are carved out of the rock form an intricate maze of color and shadow. This red clay found in these formations was mined to create pots and used as ceremonial body paint by the Indians. This was also a hunting ground for the first inhabitants because of the abundance of deer and bison in the area. In the early 1880’s the first settlers homesteaded the area.

Wildflowers along the pathThere are about four miles of trails in these 750 acres. Around the formations, the trails are actually dry stream beds. In this area, the weather can change quickly and flash floods create the trails as the water runs off. The wildflowers are blooming wherever they can get a foothold and the paths are lovely. A frequent visitor to the park mentioned that often artists set up easels in the morning to paint the beautiful landscape.

The particulars: The Park is open from dawn to dusk 365 days per year and is free to the public. The hiking is considered easy here, though be aware that there are some steep inclines. The services include a few picnic table, a few benches along the trails and a toilet near the main parking lot. This park is not designed for wheelchairs. There are two additional overlooks to the park with short trails to small picnic areas that seem more accessible.

There is no overnight camping allowed in the park. This is a great park for kids, though climbing or disturbing the formations is illegal. Visitors should bring their own water and be aware that it can be quite hot on a summer afternoon and there is very little shade.

To get to the park, take I-25 to Highway 24. Go east on Highway 24 to Calhan. Once in Calhan, go south on Yoder Toad/Calhan Highway, then turn east on Paint Mine Road and follow the signs. For more information, visit the El Paso County website.

Deb Schaffer is a local Denver travel writer and golf enthusiast. Check out her articles about Denver travel deals on Examiner.com and golf course reviews at BoomerGolfBliss.com.

Myanmar adventures, an elegant bed and breakfast in Salida, and a quiet beach in Florida

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This week’s deals include an adventure in Myanmar, a bed and breakfast in Salida, Colorado, and a quiet getaway in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida.

Seasoned travelers are venturing to Myanmar as that country has opened to international tourism. If you’re ready to experience this tiny place, Travelzoo.com and Indus Tours have partnered to offer an eight-night tour of Myanmar for $2850 including airfare from Los Angeles. This package includes flights on Singapore Airlines to Yangon as well as intra-Myanmar flights and transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle, and hotel accommodations in Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Singapore. Also included is daily breakfast, an English-speaking tour manager, and tours to the Buddhist temples of Bagan, the entrance fees to sites, arrival and departure transfers, all taxes and surcharges. The $2850 price is valid for April 16 or September 24. Other dates are available for an additional cost. Visit Travelzoo.com by February 28 for more information and to book your vacation.

Livingsocial.com and the Tudor Rose Bed and Breakfast in Salida, Colorado have teamed up to offer discounted room rates through May 2014. Stay for two nights in the Blue Room, the Lancaster Room, or the Ponderosa for $99. Or, stay for two-nights in a Chalet for $185. You can combine multiple vouchers for an extended stay. Salida is a mountain town known for its arts scene and the great whitewater rafting. The Tudor Rose is set on 37 acres of pinyon pine and includes five chalets on the grounds and six guest rooms in the main house, each with mountain views. Visit Livingsocial.com by March 5 for more information and to book your mountain getaway.

If you prefer beach to the mountains, The Atlantic Ocean Palm Inn in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida is offering stays from $44 per night for two in an Ocean View room, with nights available through May. This quaint property is located a few steps from the beach on the southern end of Daytona Beach. Enjoy the oceanfront pool and lounge in the deck chairs while soaking up the sun. You’ll be 90 minutes from Disney World Resort and Universal Studios if a day trip is in your plans. Of course, you’ll be close to restaurants, shopping, golf, and the famous Daytona Beach Raceway. Visit Groupon.com by March 6 for more information and to book your beach vacation.

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Denver Restaurant Week February 22 – 28, 2014

Denver Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to try exciting restaurants that are part of the Denver culinary scene. There are more than 200 restaurants participating this year, offering fixed-price, multi-course meals for $30 per person. Restaurants participating include the Briarwood Inn, Brooks Steakhouse, Hapa Sushi in Cherry Creek, Le Central, Panzano, and the True Food Kitchen.

If you don’t have reservations yet, now’s the time to make your choice and give the restaurant a call. For more information and to view the available menus, go to Visit Denver.